WELCOME TO KIRKWOOD UCC
GETTING TO KNOW KIRKWOOD UCC
Kirkwood United Church of Christ is called by God to be an open, diverse and caring community of Jesus’ disciples. In following Christ’s commandment to love one another, we welcome all who wish to share in the fellowship, membership, leadership, worship, ministry, sacraments, rites, responsibilities and blessings of our faith community. As we affirm that every person is a child of God, no one is excluded, regardless of race, ethnic or socio-economic background, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, nationality, or faith background. We are an Open and Affirming and an Immigrant Welcoming congregation. All are welcome here!
ABOUT SUNDAY SERVICES AT KUCC
Location: Our address is 1603 Dougherty Ferry Rd, Kirkwood, 63122. We are at the corner of Dougherty Ferry and Lindemann. Parking is available in the lot behind the church and on Dougherty Ferry Road. Handicap parking is in the parking lot on the west side of the church.
Time: Worship is at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Hearing assistive devices are available.
Childcare is provided for babies through 3-year-olds in our nursery.
Children’s classes meet during worship, after the children’s message. Adult classes follow the service, with childcare provided. For more information on programs for children and youth, see our Youth Programs page.
AFRICAN AMERICAN BRUNCH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018
Images above show preparation for and enjoyment of our annual African American Brunch in 2017. Thanks to organizers Earline Stewart and Virginia Okoloko, this favorite event will occur in 2018 on February 25 as part of this year’s celebration of Black History Month. ALL are invited to remain after worship to join in our annual fellowship of “coming to the table” as one community while enjoying a feast of delicious dishes associated with African American culture and traditions! Part of the success of this event is that many members contribute to the wide food selection by sharing a yummy dish or help with set up, serving, and cleanup. It will be exciting to experience this festive feast in our new, ample space! With questions or to offer help, phone Earline Stewart (314-2237737) or email Virginia Okoloko (email@example.com).
GOD’S HELPING HANDS: GIVING EASTER SMILES
KUCC is continuing its tradition of purchasing Easter Outfits for Children in the God’s Helping Hands community. Look for the signup sheet in the Gathering Area boon. Information about the children’s gender and sizes will be on Easter eggs. Choose an egg and sign up next to the name of the child on the signup sheet. If you do not feel you can purchase an entire outfit, consider partnering with someone else at KUCC to complete a child’s Easter attire. If you prefer not to shop but want to help, write a check to KUCC with the notation “Easter outfits,” and your contribution will be used to purchase clothing for some of the children who are hoping for a new outfit for this joyful holiday. Easter outfits must be delivered to church, unwrapped, by Sunday, March 11. For more information email Judy Kamper.
PROGRESSIVE DINNER SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 7
This fun annual event is a great way to get to know folks at Kirkwood UCC. We will begin as one large group for appetizers at the home of a member, then divide up into groups of 6-10 for dinner at various members’ homes, and we will end the evening with dessert served in our own, NEW GATHERING SPACE AT KUCC. Please sign up and join what promises to be an outstanding celebration of our wonderful new facility and, if you are able, to indicate your willingness to host. The price is $15 per person. Couples and singles are welcome! You will be asked to bring a dish to share if you are not a dinner host. If you have questions, contact Barb Harris.
As part of the St. Louis Coalition on Sanctuary, Kirkwood UCC is joining in the support of Alex Garcia, who is currently in sanctuary at Christ Church in Maplewood. Alex came from Honduras as a teenager seeking a better life. He has been in living in the U.S. for thirteen years, is married, and is the father of five children. He was known and respected in Poplar Bluff for his work ethic, doing his utmost to support his family without accepting any assistance. After being granted permission twice to stay with his family, Alex recently was issued deportation orders. His fervent desire is to return to Poplar Bluff and care for his family. To avoid being forced to leave, he has taken up residence at Christ UCC Church, in Maplewood, where he is occupying his time refurbishing every worn or damaged part of the facility. Several area clergy are actively involved in attempting to obtain a stay of the deportation order so that Alex can go home to his wife and children. To learn how you can help with the needs Alex and his family face, contact Emily Kuttenkuler. To read a feature article about Alex on the national United Church of Christ website, click here.
WELCOME OUR NEW STUDENT PASTOR
We are excited to welcome Jerri Davenport as our Eden Seminary Student Pastor for the spring semester. Jerri is already known to several of us because she was a Witnessing Whiteness facilitator at KUCC a few years ago. Jerri will be leading the adult education classes on Feb. 11, 18 and 25, focusing on her love of art as an expression of faith. For more information on the topics for these sessions, visit our adult ed page.